Business View Magazine | December 2019

381 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 Whitchurch- Stouffville, ONTARIO A n inclusive, caring community with a unique rural-urban identity, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario places the needs and wishes of businesses and residents as top priority. Its slogan, “Country Close to the City” perfectly represents the town’s location – only 14 kilometers from the northern border of Toronto, and bordered by Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, and Newmarket, with a collective population of 715,000 people, Whitchurch-Stouffville embraces its rural roots and is haven for many from the congestion of multi-lane highways and shopping centres - a welcoming country home. Iain Lovatt, Mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario was elected in October 2018, and immediately went into action to wake up the town’s “wait and see” attitude. The result is an invigorated community hovering on the cusp of great possibilities. Business View Magazine recently spoke with Mayor Lovatt about current and future economic prospects and projects. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation. COUNTRY CLOSE TO THE CITY